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Local Commentaries

Economist Foresees High Deficits

CHAUTAUQUA – The American economy grew 3.4 percent annually from 1981 to 2000, 1.9 percent annually from 2001 to 2017, and then 2.5 percent annually from 2017 to 2019 pre-pandemic, when wages rose rapidly at the bottom, said Dr. Peter Morici. “The best antidote for most social problems is ...

Worthwhile Things Often Take Time

When you think about it, the best memories of life are those that survive the test of time-things like anniversaries, birthdays and high school reunions. They are memorable because they have lasted. In a way, I think the same is true in government. The things that last are also the most ...

City Schools Should Focus On Direct Instruction

"For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him" (Matthew 25:29). Referred to as the Matthew Effect in education, children who start well in reading, who have stronger word knowledge when they enter ...

Former President Visits Chautauqua

CHAUTAUQUA – Colonial Williamsburg isn’t just a museum, nor is it just an American-history museum. In Colonial Williamsburg, history comes to life. So if you enjoy seeing sites of American history and haven’t been to that corner of Virginia, please put it on your list and go if you ...

Keep Erie, Niagara Counties Separate

Congressional-redistricting time is upon us. This column in July 2020 made a case for again keeping a Southern Tier/Finger Lakes district as intact as is practical and not combining any of the Southern Tier with any of Erie County and perhaps also Niagara County. During every past ...

State May Be Turning Over A New Leaf

With Kathy Hochul becoming Governor, New York State is “turning over a new leaf” in its halls of governance. The first difference I believe we will notice is one of style and tone—there will be no threats or defiant statements. We got used to that with Andrew Cuomo and, in my view, ...